Travel Waterloo

5 Things to Know About Waterloo's Military History & Memorial Day


posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016

This episode was a bit different than other episodes. While we typically focus on a place or event, we felt it was important to recognize our veterans and the strong connection Waterloo has with the military. As we approach Memorial Day, here are a few things to consider or add to your calendar.

1. Military Heroes. While Waterloo is known worldwide because of the Five Sullivan Brothers, there are hundreds of individuals who have proudly served our country. Living military legends like David Greene who fought on Iwo Jima and Major General Evan “Curly” Hultman both live in Waterloo and are still active in sharing their stories. The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum recognizes thousands of Iowans whose stories are incredibly powerful.

Five Sullivan Brothers

2. Inspiring Stories. One of those stories featured in a video interview at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum is an Iowa World War II veteran sharing how he watched the Japanese sink the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor. That is one of the most powerful and captivating stories you will find anywhere.

3. Memorial Day Picnic. On Memorial Day, from 11am-3pm, the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum will offer FREE admission to all veterans and active duty military personnel. In addition, the first 100 visitors will receive a FREE picnic-style lunch.


4. Memorial Day Parade. The parade occurs on Monday as well and begins at 10am at the corner of Commercial & 5th Streets. The program begins at 11am in Veterans Memorial Hall, located between 4th and 5th Streets.

Vets Memorial Hall

5. "Sullivan". The episode featured an interview with Jimmy Newquist of Caroline’s Spine, the band's song "Sullivan", and a few clips of a special concert he gave at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. A DVD of the full concert performance and the interviews will be available this summer.

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- Aaron Buzza, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo Credit: Grout Museum District.

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